Cook in Japan, Vintage and Obsolete Macs, resetting sound, GPU designers


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Tim Cook in Japan — Apple CEO Tim Cook gets around, and last week he was visiting Japan. As head of the most valuable company in the world, Cook gets the diplomatic treatment, and spent part of his time with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The Prime Minister chronicled the visit on his official Facebook page, noting that it was Cook’s first trip to Japan since becoming CEO and that Apple’s new R&D center in Yokohama (Tsunashima Technical Development Center) will open in December of 2016.

Apple adds products to its vintage and obsolete products list — Apple is adding the late 2010 13-inch MacBook Air, third-generation AirPort Extreme, mid 2009 AirPort Time Capsule and iPhone 4 models to its vintage and obsolete products list beginning October 31, according to Japanese website Mac Otakara.
Products on the vintage and obsolete list are, for the most part, no longer eligible for hardware service, beyond a few exceptions. Apple defines vintage products as those that haven’t been manufactured for more than five years, but less than seven years ago. Obsolete products are those that were discontinued more than seven years ago. Each of the products added were released between 2009 and 2010.

Resetting your System Sound Effects Output in macOS Sierra — Upgrading to Sierra can change the Sound Input setting so it was independent from the System Output. Fortunately, putting it back is easy.

Apple poaching GPU designer Imagination Technologies’ talent, hiring key personnel away — After Apple’s decision to not pursue an acquisition of mobile GPU developer Imagination Technologies, at least 25 staffers and management personnel have jumped ship to Apple in the last few months.

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